MANKATO, Minn. (July 27, 2021) — The American Red Cross has an emergency need for lifesaving blood amid the ongoing severe blood shortage. Blood donations continue to be critical to meet hospital demand and the public is urged to make an appointment to give now. 

The Red Cross has been distributing about 12% more blood products to hospitals across the U.S. compared to this time last year. The Red Cross needs to collect more than 1,000 additional blood donations each day to meet the current hospital demand and end the severe blood shortage. Donors of all blood types are needed, especially type O, which stands at just a one-day supply right now.

 

To thank donors who help ensure a strong blood supply this month, all who come to give Aug. 1-15, 2021, will automatically be entered for a chance to win an exclusive, VIP trip for two to the sold-out 2021 Bonnaroo Music & Arts Festival. Those who come to donate throughout August will also receive a free 4-month subscription offer to Apple Music by email (new subscribers only). More details are available at RedCrossBlood.org/FeelTheBeat.

 

Donors who give now will help stock the shelves as we wind down the summer season. Schedule an appointment to give blood by using the Red Cross Blood Donor App, visiting RedCrossBlood.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS (1-800-733-2767) or enabling the Blood Donor Skill on any Alexa Echo device.

 

In most cases, those who have received a COVID-19 vaccine can donate. However, knowing the name of the manufacturer of the vaccine they received is important in determining donation eligibility.

 

Upcoming blood donation opportunities Aug. 1-15:

 

Blue Earth County

 

Eagle Lake

8/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Epiphany Lutheran Church, 605 Parkway Ave.

 

Lake Crystal

8/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Recreation Center, 621 W Nathan St.

 

Mankato

8/6/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E Main St.

8/6/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Dance Express, 2105 N Broad Court

8/6/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Mount Olive Lutheran Church, 1123 Marsh St.

8/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Scheel’s, 1850 Adams St.

8/12/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., National Guard Training & Community Center, 100 Martin Luther King Jr. Drive

8/12/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E Main St.

8/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 4 p.m., Blue Earth County Library, 100 E Main St.

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Brown County

 

New Ulm

8/9/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Christ the King Lutheran Church, 1515 N Garden

8/13/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Paul’s Lutheran Church, 201 N State St.

8/13/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 417 S Minnesota

 

Springfield

8/3/2021: 8 a.m. – 1 p.m., St. Paul Lutheran Church, 303 N Cass Ave.

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Carver County

 

Chanhassen

8/14/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Cub Foods Chanhassen, 7900 Market Blvd.

 

Victoria

8/3/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Victoria Flats, 1699 Stieger Lake Lane

 

Waconia

8/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Academy Travel, 235 Highway 5 W

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Dodge County

 

Kasson

8/13/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Anytime Fitness, 110 W Main St.

 

West Concord

8/4/2021: 4 p.m. – 8 p.m., Berne Wood-Fired Pizza, 23148 County Road 24

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Faribault County

 

Blue Earth

8/5/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., United Hospital District, 515 S Moore St.

 

Bricelyn

8/3/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m., Community Center, 309 N Main St.

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Freeborn County

 

Albert Lea

8/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Bridge Community Church, 2016 Bridge Ave.

8/9/2021: 1 p.m. – 6 p.m., Trinity Lutheran Church, 501 S Washington Ave.

8/12/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., National Guard Armory, 410 Prospect Ave.

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Goodhue County

 

Cannon Falls

8/3/2021: 2 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Pius V Catholic Church, 410 W Colville

 

Kenyon

8/2/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., St. Michaels Catholic Church, 108 Bullis St.

 

Red Wing

8/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., First Lutheran Church Red Wing, 615 W 5th St.

8/13/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., First Lutheran Church Red Wing, 615 W 5th St.

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Houston County

 

Hokah

8/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Fire Station, 9 Mill St.

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Le Sueur County

 

Waterville

8/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., The Village in Waterville, 205 N 1st St.

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Martin County

 

Fairmont

8/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 2 p.m., Grace Lutheran Church, 300 S Grant St.

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Mower County

 

Austin

8/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1701 4th St. NW

8/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Holiday Inn, 1701 4th St. NW

 

Dexter

8/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Dexter Fire Department, 107 Main St.

 

Le Roy

8/11/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Community Center, 204 W Main St.

 

Lyle

8/10/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Our Savior Lutheran Church, 103 Pershing

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Nicollet County

 

Nicollet

8/11/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 715 3rd St.

 

North Mankato

8/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 5 p.m., Peace Lutheran Church, 2090 Commerce Drive

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Rice County

 

Faribault

8/3/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., District One Hospital, 200 State Ave.

8/6/2021: 4 p.m. – 9 p.m., Rice County Fairgrounds, 1814 2nd Ave. NW

8/8/2021: 10 a.m. – 3 p.m., Elks Lodge, 131 Lyndale Ave. N

8/11/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Eagles Club, 2027 W Grant St.

 

Northfield

8/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Culver’s Northfield, 960 Highway 3 S

8/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., VFW Post 4393, 516 Division St. S

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Scott County

 

Belle Plaine

8/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Kingsway Retirement Living, 815 W Main St.

 

New Market

8/10/2021: 12:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m., Scott County Library-Market Village, 100 J. Roberts Way

 

Prior Lake

8/5/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Tractor Supply, 16907 State Highway 13

 

Shakopee

8/2/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., St. Francis Regional Medical Center, 1455 St. Francis Ave.

8/5/2021: 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., Shakopee Inn, 511 Marschall Road

8/6/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St. S

8/12/2021: 1 p.m. – 7 p.m., Shakopee Community Center, 1255 Fuller St. S

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Steele County

 

Medford

8/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Medford School, 750 2nd Ave. SE

 

Owatonna

8/3/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Bethel Church, 1611 Hemlock Ave.

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Wabasha County

 

Wabasha

8/11/2021: 10 a.m. – 4 p.m., Wabasha County Criminal Justice Center, 848 17th St. E

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Waseca County

 

New Richland

8/11/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., City Hall, 203 Broadway Ave. N

 

Waseca

8/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion, 700 S State St.

8/10/2021: 8 a.m. – 2 p.m., Christian Assembly Church, 900 14th Ave. SE

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Winona County

 

Winona

8/2/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., American Legion Post #9, 302 E Sarnia

8/3/2021: 7:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Winona Health, 855 Mankato Ave.

8/3/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Faith Lutheran Church, 1717 Service Drive

8/4/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Express Suites River Port Inn, 900 Bruski Drive

8/6/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA Winona, 902 Parks Ave.

8/10/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Pleasant Valley Evangelical, 1363 Homer Road

8/12/2021: 12 p.m. – 6 p.m., Grace Presbyterian Church, 222 E Broadway

8/13/2021: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., YMCA Winona, 902 Parks Ave.